Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tutorial: New Sheena Douglass Stencils and Embossing Paste

Giovana is here today with an easy card tutorial using one of the new Sheena Douglass Stencils coming out this week called Pop Dotty




Take a piece of Rose Pearl Shimmering Cardstock, add on top the Pop Dotty Stencil and apply an even amount of Metallic Copper Embossing Paste


Carefully remove the stencil and set the cardstock aside to dry.  NOTE: wash the stencil immediately.


After embossing paste is dried, die-cut hearts using the heart die from Heart Die'sire Classiques Cupcake Insert Die.


Take a piece of Kraft cardstock (3.75" x 5"), cover the piece with the stencil and apply Memento Tuxedo Luxe Wedding Dress, set aside to dry.



Die-cut a ticket (Just the Ticket Die Set) in White cardstock, mask the words "faith, hope and" from the Sentimentals stamp set and stamp the word "Love" in Spiced Chai StazOn Midi Ink.



  
After the kraft piece is dried, Giovana stitched the panel on the sewing machine and added a mat with a piece of Pink Pearl Shimmering Cardstock, add ticket, lace and add stitches. 



For the final touches ~ tie with ribbon, add stenciled hearts and add some pearl embellishments.



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Tutorial: Inking Up Create-A-Card Dies

Today Chrissie is sharing a beautiful birthday card she made using the new Birthday Flower Create A Card Die by Die'Sire and some ink!



Step 1: Trim the white cardstock with the die and poke out the excess pieces.  (TIP: use a piece of wax paper between the die and cardstock and the pieces small detailed pieces will come out much easier).


Step 2: Flip the piece over with the die still in place and place it on a scrap piece of paper (to protect my surface).  Select an ink color (Peacock Feathers Distress ink used here) and apply to the top of the die with a sponge applicator, making sure it gets onto the paper.


Step 3: Remove the die and wipe off the ink with a damp paper towel.


Step 4: Die cut some flowers and leaves from the Die'Sire 3D Delicate Flower Dies.


Step 5: Using a sponge dauber, apply ink to the flowers and stems.





Step 6: For the background panel, apply inks to a piece of white cardstock for an ombre effect.  Inks used here were Distressed Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Ripe Persimmon.



Believe it or not, this gorgeous card only too her about 20 minutes to make!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tutorial: Easy Card Layout & Spectrum Noir Coloring Tips

We think this adorable birthday card from Christiana just has to be shared AND... we have a tutorial that she did which shows how she made her sweet card!



Step 1: Ink up the Mulberry Wood Friend stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and stamp onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.



Step 2: 
Die cut your image into a focal panel.


Step 3:
Choose your patterned papers and match them to the Spectrum Noir color chart to choose your markers.

Step 4:
Color image with Spectrum Noirs in shades:  DR4, DR6, DR7, BT2, BT4, BT5, CT4, GB8, 
LG3, LG5, BG6, BG7, BG8, TN1 and TN2. Add extra dots of the brighter shades for confetti.

Step 5:
Adhere your patterned papers to the card base using your favorite layout sketch.

Step 6: 
Add a bow to the top of the panel and adhere with foam tape.  Round all four corners of the card base.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tutorial: New Sheena Douglass Stencils & Embossing Paste!

Welcome back to the blog!  Today we have a treat for you ~ a tutorial from Chrissie using a new Sheena Douglass Stencil using some very cool Dreamweaver Embossing Paste! AND... it's a shaker card.  The new stencils are coming soon and this one is called Graphic Equalizer.



It's actually pretty easy to create shaker cards.  The main thing you need is foam!  The color doesn't really matter, since it's mostly hidden behind the front panel of your card.

Step 1: Place the stencil over cardstock and hold it in place with tape.

Step 2: Using the application tool, spread Embossing Paste over the area ~ Chrissie used the
Dreamweaver's Pearlescent embossing paste.



Step 3:Smear the paste onto the stencil and then pull the stencil off and place in water immediately so the paste will come off the stencil.  Set the piece aside ~ it takes about an hour to completely dry.


Step 4: Die cut a heart in the center of the card using the Die'Sire Essentials Hearts die. Then, trace the heart onto the foam and cut it out, making it just a little bit bigger.  

Step 5: Glue a piece of acetate onto the back of the heart

Step 6: Adhere the foam to the back of the panel, using 
Collall Tacky glue.  Make sure you're using a glue like this one; it needs to be really strong.




Step 7: Add sequins, glitter, small beads, whatever you want to the shaker.



Step 8: Once the shaker is filled, add more Collall Tacky Glue to the foam and then place the card base.  Let it dry a few minutes.







Step 9: Stamp a sentiment from Sentimentals: Love Is All You Need in Memento Tuxedo Black and trim it with a die cut Die'Sire Essentials: Rectangles.



Step 10: Using a blending tool, add some color with an ink pad/sponge applicator (Chrissie used Distressed Ink pad Spun Sugar) to the die cut before removing it from the die.  This will soften the sentiment and to make is stand out.



Step 11: To finish it up, adhered the sentiment with foam dots.  In this picture, you can really see how amazing the pearl embossing paste looks with the stencil!




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Monday, January 19, 2015

Tutorial: Stencils and Stamps!

We are excited to share Lori's project & tutorial, because not only does it use one of the new Sheena Douglass Stencils called Spring Meadow (coming soon), but she also used the new Bebunni Floral set called Flower Garden.  They work so perfectly together!



Here's how Lori made the background for her card.

Step 1: Place cardstock panel in cardboard box so that the overspray won't ruin any supplies or your work surface. Position stencil over cardstock. If needed, use EZ Release Tape to hold stencil and cardstock in place.



Step 2: Spray Fireworks over stencil. If needed, spray again to add more color.



 Step 3: Carefully lift off stencil from cardstock, and set aside “wet side up”. Set aside sprayed cardstock panel to dry. This panel was used on the finished card project.



NOTE: It isn’t necessary to do the next steps in a cardboard box.

Step 4: Lightly mist stencil with water. This will re-moisten the Fireworks Spray that remains on the stencil. Press the stencil on top of a cardstock panel. Tip: For easy clean-up, do this on a craft mat or scrap paper.



Step 5: Lift off stencil. Set cardstock panel aside to dry. 


Step 6: Repeat steps 4 & 5 to create another other panel.   Once the additional panels are dry, use them for new projects either as backgrounds or trim them with dies.

Step 7: Clean off any ink that remains on stencil with water or a wet wipe.



Supplies Used:
Sheena’s 7” x 7” Stencil - Shady Meadow (coming soon)
Bebunni Floral Stamp Set - Flower Garden
Memento Fireworks Spray - New Sprout
Watercolor cardstock


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